Democracy, Economy and Global Warming

Course code PHIL3500Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The course introduces students to the ethical, economic and socio-political issues arising from the environmental impact of both modern and modernising societies, with particular reference to climate change and global warming, and to the ethical, economic and socio-political issues that are being generated by our attempts to deal with global warming and its consequences.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
Objectives(1) Impart to students an understanding of the main ethical and socio-political issues addressed and approaches taken by influential contributors to debates on environmental issues, and of the increasingly complex global economic and socio-political realities such debates often overlook.
(2) Impart to students critical skills for dealing with these issues and for assessing their own culture, societal life and their relation to the natural world.
(3) Develop high level written and oral skills in analysing and presenting issues in this area of philosophy.
(4) Develop a capacity to appreciate how ethics and philosophy inform their ways of life and attitudes to the world around them.
ContentThe course covers the main ethical and political issues relating to global warming and climate change. After briefly surveying the empirical data relevant to global warming and climate change, in a way accessible to students from all disciplinary backgrounds, the course examines a range of competing ethical and political approaches to the plethora of problems posed by global warming. Specific topics for discussion and analysis will include: Free Market and interventional economic mechanisms for lowering emissions, the role of consumers, consumer education and consumer power, implications for human rights, freedom and our freedom-loving way of life, and the challenges that dealing with the problem pose to our political system and to our understanding of democracy.
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units in any subjects at any level.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2 essays, each of 2,000 words, the first due around week 9, the second at the end of semester. (50% each)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PHIL3500